Cyberknife for oncology conditions

The CyberKnife at The London Clinic is located in a purpose-built suite in The Duchess of Devonshire Wing.

Consultants who practice at The London Clinic use it as an alternative to surgery for complex or inoperable cases. 

It is used to successfully treat small to medium sized tumours within the lung, digestive system, liver, pancreas and other parts of the body.

Our multi-disciplinary team at The London Clinic, led by the clinical oncologists and supported by the medical physics department, use CyberKnife Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) to treat these conditions:

  • Malignant primary brain tumours
  • Malignant primary prostate tumours
  • Malignant primary lung tumours
  • Malignant primary liver tumours
  • Malignant primary pancreatic tumours
  • Secondary tumours in the spine, brain, lung or liver that have formed due to cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Malignant lymphatic nodes in most places in the body that have formed due to a primary cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Some primary tumours that have re-grown after surgery and/or radiotherapy; this includes disease in the abdomen, thorax, head and neck

Using the Cyberknife

The CyberKnife was developed during the 1990s in the United States in order to treat tumours that are not accessible to conventional surgery.

The highly-focussed beams of radiation can target tumours that would otherwise be untreatable as they are not suitable for surgery.  SABR is also available for patients whose general health would make it difficult to cope with extensive surgery and anaesthesia, or those patients who want to avoid surgery for personal reasons. 

In addition SABR can be applied to tumours not suitable for conventional radiotherapy or as a boost treatment in addition to conventional radiotherapy.

CyberKnife

Advantages of the Cyberknife

Conventional surgery may take several hours and could require intensive care support following the operation as well as a recovery period of several weeks. 

In comparison SABR, as delivered using the CyberKnife, has many advantages such as:

  • CyberKnife treatment is carried out on an outpatient basis with each treatment session taking a maximum of two hours
  • The procedure is painless so there is no need for anaesthetic
  • CyberKnife treatments are normally concluded in a week or less, allowing you to resume your life as soon as possible
  • CyberKnife treatment is made as comfortable as possible.  You will be asked to lie still while the CyberKnife arms moves around you, compensating for small movements caused by breathing.